San Antonio.- In case you didn’t notice, temperatures are in triple digits and summer doesn’t officially start until next Wednesday. Nonetheless, you gotta stay cool and the cool people over at the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department is looking to knock off a couple things while look to help you beat the heat.
They’re offering you a chance to learn the basics of swimming, at no charge, and at the same time get us noticed and recorded in the Guinness World Record book. The department is getting together with the nation's top water safety and training organizations to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) on Thursday, June 14, at five city pools.
In case the thought crossed your mind about where to sign up, Parks & Rec made it easy for everyone from all parts of the city to do just that:
- Heritage Pool, 1423 Ellison Dr.
- Lady Bird Johnson Pool, 10700 Nacogdoches
- Lincoln Pool, 2803 E. Commerce
- South Side Lions Pool, 3100 Hiawatha
- Woodlawn Lake Pool, 1100 Cincinnati.
Registration is already underway and ends Wednesday. Two sites have been set up, through June 13 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. sign on the line, The San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar Chavez, and on June 12 and 13, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and at all five participating pools. Just in case you can’t make those times, there’s still time to register on the day of the event. On this last item, you mat want to get early to insure that you’re part of the record setting crowd.
That event is set for 10 Thursday morning, June 14, 2012 and is being held at the five pools where you registered. The Parks and Recreation Department, along with water parks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe, will host swimming lessons simultaneously in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.
By the way, there’s a reason why this all came about, to get everyone on the same page about the fundamental it is to children to swim and the reason being is that swimming is a life-saving skill and a crucial tool to prevent drowning, which is the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14. That’s what the World's Largest Swimming Lesson is all about. For more information call 207-3299 or visit www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec.